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Valley of the Dolls Summary
Jacqueline Susann

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Valley of the Dolls Summary

Plot Summary

The Valley of the Dolls is a novel about the friendship between three women, the perils and rewards of fame, and chemical dependency. The story spans twenty years, from 1945 to 1965, and is set primarily in New York City. Anne Welles, Neely O'Hara, and Jennifer North become friends and roommates, find fame, get married and take lovers, and turn to drugs to cope with problems they encounter.


At age nineteen, Anne Welles leaves her hometown of Lawrenceville for the excitement of New York City. She goes to work at the theatrical law firm of Bellamy and Bellows, and quickly becomes indispensable to its head, Henry Bellamy. She rents a modest room at a boarding house, where she meets the teenage Ethel "Neely" O'Neill, a struggling dancer. Anne is courted by Allen Cooper but falls in love with Lyon Burke, a former employee of Henry Bellamy's who has returned from...

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